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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338389/somatosensory-electrical-stimulation-does-not-augment-motor-skill-acquisition-and-intermanual-transfer-in-healthy-young-adults-a-pilot-study
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János Négyesi, Menno P Veldman, Kelly M M Berghuis, Marie Javet, József Tihanyi, Tibor Hortobágyi
Sensory input can modify motor function and magnify interlimb transfer. We examined the effects of low-intensity somatosensory electrical stimulation (SES) on motor practice-induced (MP) skill acquisition and intermanual transfer. Participants practiced a visuomotor skill for 25 minutes and received SES to the practice or the transfer arm. Responses to single- and double pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) were measured in both extensor carpi radialis. SES did not further increase skill acquisition (RMP: 30...
March 24, 2017: Motor Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337597/the-functional-role-of-post-movement-beta-oscillations-in-motor-termination
#2
Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Max J Kurz, James E Gehringer, Tony W Wilson
Shortly after movement termination, there is a strong increase or resynchronization of the beta rhythm (15-30 Hz) across the sensorimotor network of humans, known as the post-movement beta rebound (PMBR). This response has been associated with active inhibition of the motor network following the completion of a movement, sensory afferentation of the sensorimotor cortices, and other functions. However, studies that have directly probed the role of the PMBR in movement execution have reported mixed results, possibly due to differences in the amount of total motor output and/or movement complexity...
March 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334281/blocking-c-fos-expression-reveals-the-role-of-auditory-cortex-plasticity-in-sound-frequency-discrimination-learning
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Livia de Hoz, Dorota Gierej, Victoria Lioudyno, Jacek Jaworski, Magda Blazejczyk, Hugo Cruces-Solís, Anna Beroun, Tomasz Lebitko, Tomasz Nikolaev, Ewelina Knapska, Israel Nelken, Leszek Kaczmarek
The behavioral changes that comprise operant learning are associated with plasticity in early sensory cortices as well as with modulation of gene expression, but the connection between the behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular changes is only partially understood. We specifically manipulated c-Fos expression, a hallmark of learning-induced synaptic plasticity, in auditory cortex of adult mice using a novel approach based on RNA interference. Locally blocking c-Fos expression caused a specific behavioral deficit in a sound discrimination task, in parallel with decreased cortical experience-dependent plasticity, without affecting baseline excitability or basic auditory processing...
March 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331874/the-importance-of-constructive-feedback-implications-of-top-down-regulation-in-the-development-of-neural-circuits
#4
Andrew D Thompson, Chinfei Chen
Neural circuits in sensory pathways develop through a general strategy of overproduction of synapses followed by activity-driven pruning to fine-tune connectivity for optimal function. The early visual pathway, consisting of the retina → visual thalamus → primary visual cortex, has served for decades as a powerful model system for probing the mechanisms and logic of this process. In addition to these feedforward projections, the early visual pathway also includes a substantial feedback component in the form of corticothalamic projections from the deepest layer of primary visual cortex...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324181/trigeminocardiac-reflex-during-endoscopic-juvenile-nasopharyngeal-angiofibroma-surgery-an-appraisal
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Shilpee Bhatia Sharma, Trichy Narayanan Janakiram, Hina Baxi, Balamurugan Chinnasamy
Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma is a locally aggressive benign tumour which has propensity to erode the skull base. The tumour spreads along the pathways of least resistance and is in close proximity to the extracranial part of trigeminal nerve. Advancements in expanded approaches for endoscopic excision of tumours in infratemporal fossa and pterygopalatine fossa increase the vulnerability for the trigeminocardiac reflex. The manipulation of nerve and its branches during tumour dissection can lead to sensory stimulation and thus inciting the reflex...
March 21, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320886/optogenetic-module-for-dichromatic-control-of-c-di-gmp-signaling
#6
Min-Hyung Ryu, Anastasia Fomicheva, Oleg V Moskvin, Mark Gomelsky
Many aspects of bacterial physiology and behavior including motility, surface attachment, and cell cycle, are controlled by the c-di-GMP-dependent signaling pathways on the scale of seconds-to-minutes. Interrogation of such processes in real time requires tools for introducing rapid and reversible changes in intracellular c-di-GMP levels. Inducing expression of genes encoding c-di-GMP synthetic (diguanylate cyclases) and degrading (c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase) enzymes by chemicals may not provide adequate temporal control...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314822/topography-and-lateralized-effect-of-acute-aromatase-inhibition-on-auditory-processing-in-a-seasonal-songbird
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Geert De Groof, Jacques Balthazart, Charlotte A Cornil, Annemie Van der Lindena
It is increasingly recognized that brain-derived estrogens (neuroestrogens) can regulate brain physiology and behavior much faster than what was previously known from the transcriptional action of estrogens on nuclear receptors. One of the best examples of such neuromodulation by neuroestrogens concerns the acute regulation of sensory coding by the auditory cortex as demonstrated by electrophysiological studies of selected neurons in zebra finches. Yet, the spatial extent of such modulation by neuroestrogens is not known...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289392/the-manipulation-of-pace-within-endurance-sport
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REVIEW
Sabrina Skorski, Chris R Abbiss
In any athletic event, the ability to appropriately distribute energy is essential to prevent premature fatigue prior to the completion of the event. In sport science literature this is termed "pacing." Within the past decade, research aiming to better understand the underlying mechanisms influencing the selection of an athlete's pacing during exercise has dramatically increased. It is suggested that pacing is a combination of anticipation, knowledge of the end-point, prior experience and sensory feedback. In order to better understand the role each of these factors have in the regulation of pace, studies have often manipulated various conditions known to influence performance such as the feedback provided to participants, the starting strategy or environmental conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287761/familiarity-speeds-up-visual-short-term-memory-consolidation
#9
Weizhen Xie, Weiwei Zhang
Existing long-term memory (LTM) can boost the number of retained representations over a short delay in visual short-term memory (VSTM). However, it is unclear whether and how prior LTM affects the initial process of transforming fragile sensory inputs into durable VSTM representations (i.e., VSTM consolidation). The consolidation speed hypothesis predicts faster consolidation for familiar relative to unfamiliar stimuli. Alternatively, the perceptual boost hypothesis predicts that the advantage in perceptual processing of familiar stimuli should add a constant boost for familiar stimuli during VSTM consolidation...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287401/prostaglandin-mediated-inhibition-of-serotonin-signaling-controls-the-affective-component-of-inflammatory-pain
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Anand Kumar Singh, Joanna Zajdel, Elahe Mirrasekhian, Nader Almoosawi, Isabell Frisch, Anna M Klawonn, Maarit Jaarola, Michael Fritz, David Engblom
Pain is fundamentally unpleasant and induces a negative affective state. The affective component of pain is mediated by circuits that are distinct from those mediating the sensory-discriminative component. Here, we have investigated the role of prostaglandins in the affective dimension of pain using a rodent pain assay based on conditioned place aversion to formalin injection, an inflammatory noxious stimulus. We found that place aversion induced by inflammatory pain depends on prostaglandin E2 that is synthesized by cyclooxygenase 2 in neural cells...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276979/the-influence-of-external-stimulation-in-missing-knowledge-retrieval
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Rémi Radel, Marion Fournier
We investigated the effects of sensory reduction on the retrieval of information during tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) experiences. As conscious access results from severe competition in which external stimuli often have priority, we hypothesised that reducing external stimulation would allow individuals greater access to weakly activated inner knowledge. In Study 1, when participants experienced a TOT while answering a general knowledge question, they were given additional time to find the solution in a restricted (eyes closed + silence) or a non-restricted (eyes open + ambient noise) external stimulation environment...
February 16, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275346/manipulating-bodily-presence-affects-cross-modal-spatial-attention-a-virtual-reality-based-erp-study
#12
Ville J Harjunen, Imtiaj Ahmed, Giulio Jacucci, Niklas Ravaja, Michiel M Spapé
Earlier studies have revealed cross-modal visuo-tactile interactions in endogenous spatial attention. The current research used event-related potentials (ERPs) and virtual reality (VR) to identify how the visual cues of the perceiver's body affect visuo-tactile interaction in endogenous spatial attention and at what point in time the effect takes place. A bimodal oddball task with lateralized tactile and visual stimuli was presented in two VR conditions, one with and one without visible hands, and one VR-free control with hands in view...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272794/rumination-induces-a-pattern-of-attention-characterized-by-increased-vigilance-followed-by-avoidance-of-affective-pain-words
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M L Brookes, L Sharpe, B F Dear
BACKGROUND: This study examined the effects of rumination on attentional processes in relation to an acute experimental pain task. In keeping with recent theory and research, it was hypothesized that we would identify a pattern of attentional bias characterized by enhanced initial vigilance followed by avoidance of pain-related stimuli. METHOD: Undergraduate students were randomized to a rumination condition, which received threat-inducing information about the cold pressor task, or a distraction condition...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265084/lys49-myotoxin-from-the-brazilian-lancehead-pit-viper-elicits-pain-through-regulated-atp-release
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Chuchu Zhang, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Elda E Sánchez, Allan I Basbaum, David Julius
Pain-producing animal venoms contain evolutionarily honed toxins that can be exploited to study and manipulate somatosensory and nociceptive signaling pathways. From a functional screen, we have identified a secreted phospholipase A2 (sPLA2)-like protein, BomoTx, from the Brazilian lancehead pit viper (Bothrops moojeni). BomoTx is closely related to a group of Lys49 myotoxins that have been shown to promote ATP release from myotubes through an unknown mechanism. Here we show that BomoTx excites a cohort of sensory neurons via ATP release and consequent activation of P2X2 and/or P2X3 purinergic receptors...
March 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264994/optogenetic-manipulation-of-c-di-gmp-levels-reveals-the-role-of-c-di-gmp-in-regulating-aerotaxis-receptor-activity-in-azospirillum-brasilense
#15
Lindsey O'Neal, Min-Hyung Ryu, Mark Gomelsky, Gladys Alexandre
Bacterial chemotaxis receptors provide the sensory inputs that inform the direction of navigation in changing environments. Recently, we described the bacterial second messenger, c-di-GMP, as a novel regulator of a subclass of chemotaxis receptors. In Azospirillum brasilense, c-di-GMP binds to a chemotaxis receptor, Tlp1, and modulates its signaling function during aerotaxis. Here, we further characterize the role of c-di-GMP in aerotaxis using a novel dichromatic optogenetic system engineered for manipulating intracellular c-di-GMP levels in real time...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254451/using-insects-to-drive-mobile-robots%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hybrid-robots-bridge-the-gap-between-biological-and-artificial-systems
#16
REVIEW
Noriyasu Ando, Ryohei Kanzaki
The use of mobile robots is an effective method of validating sensory-motor models of animals in a real environment. The well-identified insect sensory-motor systems have been the major targets for modeling. Furthermore, mobile robots implemented with such insect models attract engineers who aim to avail advantages from organisms. However, directly comparing the robots with real insects is still difficult, even if we successfully model the biological systems, because of the physical differences between them...
March 18, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250149/perceptual-and-categorical-decision-making-goal-relevant-representation-of-two-domains-at-different-levels-of-abstraction
#17
Swetha Shankar, Andrew S Kayser
To date it has been unclear whether perceptual decision making and rule-based categorization reflect activation of similar cognitive processes and brain regions. On the one hand, both map potentially ambiguous stimuli to a smaller set of motor responses. On the other, decisions about perceptual salience typically concern concrete sensory representations derived from a noisy stimulus, while categorization is typically conceptualized as an abstract decision about membership in a potentially arbitrary set. Previous work has primarily examined these types of decisions in isolation...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239851/sawfishes-stealth-revealed-using-computational-fluid-dynamics
#18
D R Bradney, A Davidson, S P Evans, B E Wueringer, D L Morgan, P D Clausen
Detailed computational fluid dynamics simulations for the rostrum of three species of sawfish (Pristidae) revealed that negligible turbulent flow is generated from all rostra during lateral swipe prey manipulation and swimming. These results suggest that sawfishes are effective stealth hunters that may not be detected by their teleost prey's lateral line sensory system during pursuits. Moreover, during lateral swipes, the rostra were found to induce little velocity into the surrounding fluid. Consistent with previous data of sawfish feeding behaviour, these data indicate that the rostrum is therefore unlikely to be used to stir up the bottom to uncover benthic prey...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225735/evaluating-the-precision-of-auditory-sensory-memory-as-an-index-of-intrusion-in-tinnitus
#19
Doug J K Barrett, Michael Pilling
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of measures of auditory short-term memory (ASTM) to provide a clinical measure of intrusion in tinnitus. DESIGN: Response functions for six normal listeners on a delayed pitch discrimination task were contrasted in three conditions designed to manipulate attention in the presence and absence of simulated tinnitus: (1) no-tinnitus, (2) ignore-tinnitus, and (3) attend-tinnitus. RESULTS: Delayed pitch discrimination functions were more variable in the presence of simulated tinnitus when listeners were asked to divide attention between the primary task and the amplitude of the tinnitus tone...
March 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224625/the-effects-of-venous-ensheathment-on-facial-nerve-repair-in-the-rat
#20
Pei Chen, Christopher J Knox, Linli Yao, Chunli Li, Tessa A Hadlock
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the protective effect of autologous venous ensheathment on sutured rat facial nerve and to test whether the ensheathment could improve the functional recovery of repaired nerve and accuracy of axonal growth. STUDY DESIGN: In vivo study. METHODS: Forty-six rats were examined, with six rats serving as normal controls and 40 receiving facial nerve transection and suture repair (SR) or transection and suture repair with an additional venous ensheathment (VE)...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
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